Our Pacific Northwest Trip in Photos… Seattle

It has been several months since our fantastic trip to the Pacific Northwest last August.  We had an unbelievable time exploring the region of our beautiful country together.  Just as the weather here starts to warm up again, I thought I’d refresh {mostly my own heart} and relive this vacation through some of our favorite photos.

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There is something quite delightful about venturing somewhere with your best friend that neither of you have been. There is something invigorating about following your noses around the area, learning the nuances of a new city, discovering its beauty, getting lost from time to time, having sore feet, navigating its transportation system, dipping your toes in its bodies of water, and, my personal favorite, partaking in its unbelievable local food scene.

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Photo by photo, here are some of our favorite parks, bites-to-eat, and surprises as we hoofed, noshed, and danced {mostly me} our way through Seattle, Washington.

Cheech. From Cheech and Chong. This was literally two weeks before he was on Dancing with the Stars! I didn't know who he was. Ian enlightened me. :)

Tommy Chong. From Cheech and Chong. This was literally two weeks before he was on Dancing with the Stars! I didn’t know who he was. Ian enlightened me. 🙂

We took the light rail into town, as we stayed in Columbia City, and chose to walk around downtown instead of driving {each other crazy, probably}.

We took the light rail into town, as we stayed in Columbia City, and chose to walk around downtown instead of driving {each other crazy, probably}.

First night sushi.  Fresh seafood pretty darn close to the Pacific coast. Surprisingly, I didn't hate it!

First night sushi. Fresh seafood pretty darn close to the Pacific coast. Surprisingly, I didn’t hate it!

Our cute bungalow AirBNB, a home rental company which I highly recommend when traveling someplace new!  The hosts always had some interesting insight on their city, and generally made us feel welcome.

Our cute bungalow AirBNB, a home rental company which I highly recommend when traveling someplace new! The hosts always had some interesting insight on their city, and generally made us feel welcome.

The house was two blocks from Lake Washington, whose glorious sparkles and reflections happen to be backlighting me here.

The house was two blocks from Lake Washington, whose glorious sparkles and reflections happen to be backlighting me here.

This tree. In the middle of the roundabout.

This tree. In the middle of the roundabout.

The Post Alley has cute shops and a restaurant with the best clam chowder!

The Post Alley has cute shops and a restaurant with the best clam chowder!

And this place. Kind of famous. We could have spent ALL. DAY. here!

And this place. Kind of famous. We could have spent ALL. DAY. here!

We almost did.

We almost did.

Some kind gentleman offered to get us both in a pic!

Some kind gentleman offered to get us both in a pic!

For a Friday, it was PACKED!

For a weekday, it was PACKED!

Actually my favorite part: the flowers!

My favorite part: the flowers!

Actually my favorite part: Le Panier, French boulangerie. Which means chocolate filled croissants and pistachio eclairs!

Actually my favorite part: Le Panier, French boulangerie/patisserie.  Which means chocolate filled croissants and pistachio eclairs!

The. Croissant. of which I speak.

The. Croissant. of which I speak.

Colors that take your breath away.

Colors that take your breath away.

Berries of the Blue, Red, and Black variety.

Berries of the Blue, Red, and Black variety.

And countless Dungeness Crabs!

And countless Dungeness Crabs!

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Follow the rules and no one gets hurt.

Follow the rules and no one gets hurt.

Stopped by the Pike Brewing Company for a quick flight before our late lunch.

Stopped by the Pike Brewing Company for a quick flight before our late lunch.

Then we walked by the Sound. Puget. Seawashed and Salty.

Then we walked by the Sound. Puget. Seawashed and Salty.

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Here we were by the ferris wheel, under a sky of pure, clean, crisp blue.  {Which is extraordinarily rare for this rainy city}.  I felt like I knew a secret: Travel to Seattle during August, and you get the royal, sunny treatment! Shhh!

Here we were by the ferris wheel, under a sky of pure, clean, crisp blue. {Which is extraordinarily rare for this rainy city}. I felt like I knew a secret: Travel to Seattle during August, and you get the royal, sunny treatment! Shhh!

More blue beauty.

More blue beauty.

Did you know Seattle has a thing for coffee? ;)

Did you know Seattle has a thing for coffee? 😉  So do the McCanns.

Caffé Fioré in Old Ballard neighborhood knew how to recaffeinate us after walking all. day.

Caffé Fioré in Old Ballard neighborhood knew how to recaffeinate us after walking all day.

The space needle kind of reminds me of the Jetsons.

The space needle kind of reminds me of the Jetsons. Despite all the pictures of the skyline of Seattle, the space needle is not downtown.  We found this out after walking from downtown to the space needle. It’s actually several miles. 🙂 We needed the aforementioned coffee break along the way.

Then we saw this landmark. Kind of famous too. Though it was too pricey for us to go to the top, it sure made for some super-psychadellic photos.

Though it was too pricey for us to go to the top, it sure made for some super-psychedelic photos.

Also found this gem in Seattle City Center, a fantastic fountain whose stories-high water bursts entertained grownups and kids alike, who danced and cooled off in the August sunshine.

Also found this gem in Seattle City Center, a fantastic fountain whose stories-high water bursts entertained grownups and kids alike, who danced and cooled off in the August sunshine.

Clam Chowder at Rays. Also delicious!

Clam Chowder at Rays. Delicious!

Dungeness crab dip at Ray's.

Dungeness crab dip at Ray’s. Also delicious!

Then we went to the Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard. famous for their fresh oysters.  We are nothing if not adventurous, so we ventured into the land of raw mollusk delicacies, cute forks, and lots of dipping sauce.

Then we went to the Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard. famous for their fresh oysters. We are nothing if not adventurous, so we ventured into the land of raw mollusk delicacies, cute forks, and lots of dipping sauce.

Time to dig in {aka slurp down the hatch!}.

Time to dig in {aka slurp down the hatch!}.

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My initial reaction that cannot be faked.

My initial reaction that cannot be faked. They were much better with horseradish and red wine vinegar. All in all, I’d give oysters a 3/10 {sorry, fancy food connoisseur}.

So, we headed to the Pine Box and devoured this pizza {10/10} to cleanse our palates, with bacon, lime juice, cilantro, and a cream sauce. And beers. Our bartender was from Wisconsin, added bonus!

So, we headed to the Pine Box and devoured this pizza {10/10} to cleanse our palates, with bacon, lime juice, cilantro, and a cream sauce. And beers. Our bartender was from Wisconsin, added bonus!

And then an additional palate cleanser. Because ice cream makes you happy.

And then an additional palate cleanser. Because ice cream makes you happy.

Ian's view of lake Washington.

Ian’s view of lake Washington.

Aly's view of Lake Washington.

Aly’s view of Lake Washington.

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We ventured across the bridge to West Seattle for a beach picnic on our second day, complete with coffee {surprised?}, fruits and veggies, hummus, and pita chips from Trader Joe's.

We ventured across the bridge to West Seattle for a beach picnic on our second day, complete with coffee {surprised?}, fruits and veggies, hummus, and pita chips from Trader Joe’s.

Soaking up Seattle Sunrays.

Soaking up Seattle Sunrays.

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We headed next to Portland, OR, and Bend, OR, by rental car {coming to you in the next post!}  We came back to Seattle just at the end of our trip {it was, of course, now raining} and ran between the raindrops to these fantastic spots:

Peekaboo Space Needle!

Peekaboo Space Needle!

Lenin, hanging out in Fremont, an artsy neighborhood north of the city center.

Lenin, hanging out in Fremont, an artsy neighborhood north of the city center.

Fremont Coffee Company.

Fremont Coffee Company.

Luke. I am your father. Seriously the coolest latte art I've ever seen; way better than the hearts I barely managed to create when I was barista-ing!

Luke. I am your father. Seriously the coolest latte art I’ve ever seen; way better than the hearts I barely managed to create when I was barista-ing!

The Fremont Troll, who happens to be in Ten Things I Hate About You! Artsy and Awesome.

The Fremont Troll, who happens to be in Ten Things I Hate About You! Artsy and Awesome.

Gas Works Park in Wallingford, where we stayed for our second part of the trip.

Gas Works Park in Wallingford, where we stayed for our second part of the trip.

The View from Wallingford, across Lake Union.

The view of downtown Seattle from Wallingford, across Lake Union.

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The flavors are ingeniously original.

The flavors at Molly Moon’s homemade ice cream shop  are ingeniously original.

We had Huckleberry flavor.

We had Huckleberry chunk flavor.

Saying goodbye to Seattle the only way we knew how: with another latte.

Saying goodbye to Seattle the only way we knew how: with more lattes.

We made a quick drive up to Bellingham, Washington, and were overwhelmed with its northern, green, heavy-clouded, cooling air, Pacific beauty.

On Chuckanut state highway in Chuckanut park!

On Chuckanut state highway in Chuckanut park!

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p.s. We stopped for crèpes at Magdalena's in Bellingham. Amazing.

p.s. We stopped for crèpes at Magdalena’s in Bellingham. Amazing.

It was a bit classic Washington that day. Definitely grey and misty.

It was a bit classic Washington that day. Definitely grey and misty.

This guy is my reason for it all.  Here's to a thousand more adventures, new places, and familiar ones. Thanks for holding my hand on our adventure.

This guy is my reason for it all. Here’s to a thousand more adventures to new exciting places, with my always and forever best friend. Thanks for holding my hand and being home for me, no matter where we are.

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